Holger Rune makes Next Gen ATP Finals berth following Jannik Sinner withdrawal

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Holger Rune makes Next Gen ATP Finals berth following Jannik Sinner withdrawal

Rising Danish star Holger Rune is set to make his debut at the Next Gen ATP Finals following the Jannik Sinner withdrawal. Sinner, 20, is in the hunt for the final spot at the Nitto ATP Finals and his focus is on making the season-ending event in Turin.

Rune, who ie enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 118 in the world, will certainly be determined to make a strong run in Milan. Rune, the 2019 French Open boys' singles champion, proved capable of playing well at the highest possible level.

This past US Open, Rune competed well against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic but the Serb ultimately won 6-1 6-7 (5) 6-2 6-2.

Playing Djokovic was an unforgettable experience for Rune

"When it came to the match, it was fabulous.

Everyone was cheering and people were yelling my name. Initially, I did not know what they were saying, but when I found out they were calling my name, I was so happy and almost felt like Roger on court. In that moment, I was literally surrounded by passionate, happy people – just like myself – and I have goosebumps writing about it now," Rune wrote on his blog.

"It goes without saying that it is not easy playing against Djokovic, and I could do nothing but fight. Even though I think I played fairly well in the first set, I still lost 6-1. I just had to keep going as I didn’t feel as though I played as bad as the scoreline suggested." Rune dealt with cramps in the last two sets and he couldn't do much against Djokovic.

"I think maybe all the tension before the match and just playing Djokovic maybe made the muscles tighten even more. Also, Djokovic plays so close to the lines on every shot, so I had to run so much more in every point than against the players I normally come up against.

"I really wanted to take the match to five sets, but this will have to wait for next time. Despite the defeat, I have taken so much from this match and there is so much that I want to improve in my own game now," Rune explained.